Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Question for 2017

For several years running, I have joined others in the exercise of choosing one word or phrase to act as a guide for the new year.  This year, as the old year has transformed into a new one, many words and phrases have come into my mind and heart:

Pause.  Reflect.  Connect.  Relationships.  Purpose.  Gratitude.  Create.  Clear.  Encourage.  Embrace.  Today.  Health.  Live. The list continues... 

However, on it there has been no single word that the Spirit seems to be persistently - and ironically - trying to get me to listen to, and, likewise, there has yet to be a phrase that has echoed from my heart to my head, creating an aha in my soul.  Nope.  There has not even been a simple pair of words whispered to me in such a gentle, yet firm way that I know they must be my words for 2017.  

Rather, during the past few weeks, a question that I have often used to reset myself and my children through the years has come to mind and lips over and over again:

What can I do right now to make the next moment better?

So it is, that I have decided NOT to embrace a single word, or even a short phrase, for 2017, and, to, instead let this question lead the way.  Undoubtedly, as I do, I will, by default, listen... and ACT.  I will recognize what is  I will, at times, pause, reflect, connect, create, clear, and encourage.
I will embrace gratitude, work on relationships, live with purposeful pause.  I will, with God's grace, live in the very precious present while building a better future. 

Yes, that is what 2017 is already about for me.

What word, phrase, statement, or question might guide you throughout 2017?  I'd love to hear about it!


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